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Time tells

2 October, 2003 7:15 PM

"Ecuador began a national punctuality campaign on Wednesday to wipe out the socially acceptable but costly practice of running late.

Hundreds of officials gathered in the heart of Quito's colonial-style downtown to mark a ceremonious start to the drive, which is led by a local civic group that estimates the poor nation may lose up to $724 million a year due to lateness." source

Its an amusing story, but I can't help but feel a little sad. I've travelled to and lived in a number of countries that are renowned for being late - or who operate with a 'slightly more relaxed sense of time'. Whilst it can be very frustrating as a visitor to such countries I have found it really challenging to the way we often live in the West - trapped and constrained by the clock. Maybe if we all relaxed a little when it came to running on schedule we'd find that maybe the Ecuadorians actually have it something that we don't.



I've gone on a couple of mission trips to New Mexico and the Navajo reservation. They as a people, also have a much more relaxed understanding of time. Maybe a couple of times it caused me some anxiousness, but for the most part I embraced it and returned from the trips wonderfully relaxed and refreshed.

Stacy » 2 October, 2003 11:46 PM

My question is: How many officials were late for the opening ceremony?

susanna » 3 October, 2003 2:48 AM

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